Metro Health looks to make a bigger impact in Alger Heights with new facility

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Metro Health: University of Michigan Health is looking to expand its reach in the Alger Heights neighborhood as plans move forward for a new medical office. The Wyoming-based local health system recently finalized its affiliation with the University of Michigan Health System this month. The Wyoming-based hospital is becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of […]

Thinking and Rethinking Work: Spotlight on Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

At Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, we are nearing completion of two multi-year projects related to the work of the Oikonomia Network. These two projects have focused on helping students and local pastors develop a biblical theology of work and to pursue faithful approaches to economics and poverty. Local Pastors and Churches First, for local pastors […]

Construction supplier sees growth in urban development

A focus on being a one-stop shop for contractors has positioned a supplier of architectural products for growth in West Michigan. Byron Center-based Double O Craftsmen Inc. serves both the commercial and residential construction industries, supplying and installing windows and doors, as well other interior items such as cabinets. Established in 1997, the company has […]

Rising from the ashes: Nonprofit café sets sights on rebuilding after devastating fire

Rising from the ashes: Nonprofit café sets sights on rebuilding after devastating fire Leaders of nonprofits know hard work, they know toil and they know disappointment. Many of them face these on a daily basis as they struggle with very little resources to accomplish daunting tasks to support their community. Justin Beene, director of the […]

Grand Rapids non-profit holds rally after coffee shop fire

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – A rally was held Wednesday night for a Grand Rapids non-profit. The Rising Grinds Cafe was destroyed in a fire just a few months before it was set to open. “I watched it burn and it was like 3 years worth of hopes and dreams burning to the ground,” says Justin […]

SBRC ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Justin Beene, Bethany Christian Services and Building Bridges Professional Services

SBRC ENTREPRENEUR SPOTLIGHT: Justin Beene, Bethany Christian Services and Building Bridges Professional Services Every day, we go to work. We might work a 9-5, 5-9, or 9-9, but we spend the largest chunk of our time awake at work. That only increases as we get older. It’s hard to ask questions about the nature of […]

Global Social Impact

Global Social Impact | by Justin Beene I recently spent 7 months in Guatemala City working alongside local businesses and nonprofits committed to the social and spiritual renewal of their city. Unfortunately, I quickly became infuriated with the thousands of short term missions teams who came to Guatemala with bright shirts that often said things […]

Grants fuel new center

Grants fuel new center Justin Beene has always dreamed of developing a youth center near his old neighborhood. He’s living proof that dreams do come true. Although it’s only been a few months since the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation opened its doors at 1530 Madison Ave. SE, Beene, the director of the center, […]

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Youth Build program prepares students for construction jobs and life

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Rorey Shepherd is ready to start rebuilding his life, if not a home in your neighborhood. Shepherd, 24, is one of 15 students graduating this week from Youth Build, a seven-month program that gave him his high school graduate equivalent degree and construction skills that he plans to carry onto a […]